The criminalisation of seafarers has become a controversial issue – with increasingly frequent cases of maritime professionals coming before the courts after accidents and incidents at sea.

Nautilus Federation unions have been at the forefront of campaigns to ensure that seafarers are treated fairly following such incidents and that they are not treated as scapegoats.

As part of the continuing work to protect seafarers, Nautilus Federation unions are conducting some research into the problem. We need your help in answering a few questions – on a confidential basis – to help assess how criminalisation is affecting seafarers and what we can do to provide more help.

The findings will be used to update and improve information given to Nautilus Federation members to help them be aware of their rights and have instant access to support.

Please spare a few minutes to help us to help you.

Which maritime trade union do you belong to?

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* 1. Which maritime trade union do you belong to?

Are you worried about criminalisation of the maritime professionals?

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* 2. Are you worried about criminalisation of the maritime professionals?

Are there specific reasons for this fear (or lack of)?

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* 3. Are there specific reasons for this fear (or lack of)?

What do you think are the most likely causes of maritime professionals being criminalised? Tick all that apply.



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* 4. What do you think are the most likely causes of maritime professionals being criminalised? Tick all that apply.



Does the fear of criminalisation have an impact on your feelings about working at sea?

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* 5. Does the fear of criminalisation have an impact on your feelings about working at sea?

Have you even been directly involved in a legal action resulting from a maritime incident?

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* 6. Have you even been directly involved in a legal action resulting from a maritime incident?

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